Monday, October 11, 2010

What I am Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Hello my friends, there are some e-mails that are so worth sharing and in my opinion this is one of them especially during our Thanksgiving.

 What I Am Thankful for This Thanksgiving
For the teenager who is not doing dishes 
but is watching TV, 
because that means he is at home 
and not on the streets.
For the taxes I pay, 
because it means that I am employed.
For the mess to clean after a party, 
because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug, 
because it means I have enough to eat.
For my shadow that watches me work, 
because it means I am out in the sunshine.
For a lawn that needs mowing, 
windows that need cleaning, 
and gutters that need fixing, 
because it means I have a home.
For all the complaining I hear about the government, 
because it means that we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, 
because it means I am capable of walking, 
and that I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill, 
because it means I am warm.
For the lady behind me in my place of worship 
when she sings off key, 
because it means that I can hear.
For the pile of laundry and ironing, 
because it means I have clothes to wear.
For weariness and aching muscles 
at the end of the day, 
because it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, 
because it means that I am alive.
and finally....
For too much e-mail, 
because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.
God Bless and many, many hugs...........:-)


Brian Miller said...

ha, i love your list and that it is things that may seem annoying somedays but you can still be thankful...happy thanksgiving!

Karin said...

There's always another perspective, isn't there! Quite enjoyed this list and was hoping to add a few of my own! It's been a great week-end weather-wise! So thankful for that. Blessings on you and have a great week!

Nora said...

Thanks Bernie, that does put everything into perspective. I will count my blessings.


Deborah said...

I don't think my last comment posted. Blogger has been deleting my comments tonight. But I just want to tell you that I loved what your Thankful for. It is so true!
I also really like your header. It is beautiful!

Loren said...

I agree what a great list to share and be shared! I love your heart Bernie! I am thankful for YOU!!

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

Do love your Thanksgiving list. So glad your weather was nice. Blessings

Wanda..... said...

This "Thankful List" could have been composed by you, Bernie! It's your way of thinking and why you reeive so many e-mails. You always see the good in life and live your life in like example of grace and gratefulness.

I do love you, Bernie!
Your Friend...Mrs. Holmes!

Diana said...

That was perfect Bernie! I have often looked at life that way myself !
Love Di ♥

TechnoBabe said...

How true. Hope your Thanksgiving was a blessing for you.

Teacher's Pet said...

As you have celebrated your Thanksgiving, I wanted to wish you a happy one, Bernie. We have so very much to be thankful for...each day.
Love and hugs,

glnroz said...

...for your posts..thank you,,

Gail said...


Wonderful post - gentle reminders for us all :-) "Happy Thanksgiving"

Love to you always

Choices said...

Hi Bernie,
Happy Thanksgiving. That is what Thanksgiving is all about-Giving Thanks for what we have in our lives and friends to share it all with.
I haven't been here for awhile, I haven't been blogging because I had foot surgery(bunions), so I am back for a while until I do the other one.
Your blog is so pretty.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
I hope you are enjoying your day.

Barb said...

Hi Bernie, This is you to a tee! I like that what we could grumble about can also be turned to the positive. As my husband says, "Life can sometimes be difficult, but it's better than the alternative!"

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Bernie. I know you guys in Canada get yours a month earlier than those of us south of you. Hope you had a great day.

Sheila said...

This is a good message Bernie. I'm thankful tonight that there are two beautiful days for harvest. We still have 75 acres of barley to combine. Thanks for your kind comments.

Denise said...

Happy Thanksgiving, love you.

quieten said...

Love often we forget how much we truly are blessed. Thank you for the wonderful reminder
Love ya

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Hi Bernie,

Here's yet another e-mail for you to be grateful for. I hope you're well.

As I said on my Blog: "I'm grateful for my teeth!".

God bless you Bernie.

Eileen said...

I agree with Wanda, this list is so 'you', Bernie! And such a nice reminder to us all.
I am going to copy and paste, and print it out for our Thanksgiving.
Beautiful 'Pollyanna' list! Thanks!
Love to you,

Anita said...

What a perfect list of Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoyed the day with family and friends.
At the moment, I'm watching the Chilean miners get rescued. Another wonder and reason to be thankful. Much of the world is bonding as we speak.

Mary333 said...

This list is great, Bernie! It puts a different perspective on things, doesn't it? I loved it :)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Absolutely PERFECT, dearest Bernie...and soo YOU!!!! What an inspiration you are to me!!! Thank you!!! And Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend!!!! Love, Janine XO

Rebecca said...

And I'M thankful for you! To come to "know" you via blogging has been a high spot in my year. I'll count it now and again in November :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Great post - I enjoyed reading this. blessings, marlene

Vicki Lane said...

What a good reminder!

Janean said...

a glass-half-full gal. i like that!!!

Linda Higgins said...

Hi Bernie! that is such a wonderful post I had to read it a couple of times. I think I take all of those things for granted, great to remind me! Hope you have a wonderful safe weekend! hugs and smiles...

lisasmith said...

Happy thanksgiving!! It is always good to count your blessings and I think that's what I'll be doing as I go about my chores today. xoxo

Donna said...

I love this post! I have seen this somewhere before and it is true :) I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Have a fabulous weekend, dear Bernie! ~Janine XO

Jinksy said...

That is one brilliant share! LOL :)

anne h said...

Love ya, Bernie!
You are a ray of light.

Joey said...

Thank you for posting this list. I think I'll print this and add a few of my own.

I hope you're feeling well on this Sunday afternoon.

Hugs to you.

Jannie Funster said...

What a totally beautiful blessed post.

I can tell you are a very special person to pass along this uplifting e-mail. I feel so grateful now for all I have too, even tho we sometimes dub it negative. So much to be thankful for indeed!

What a treat to find your blog via Brian Miller's.

Maggie May said...

Bernie....... you are obviously a half full glass sort of person. Bless You!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

anupama said...

Dear Bernie,
Good Evening!
I had read this forward many times but it is still worth reading again and agian.
Thanks for having a kind and large heart.
Love and prayers,

glenda said...

Oh, I love what you have written here...thanks for coming by my blog...and commenting.
Your'e a doll...
glenda xxoxo

Jen said...

I still have a roof over my head, food to eat, and a vehicle to drive which is more than a lot of people can say. Guess I should be more thankful as well.

Cathy said...

Hello Bernie
Loved your list - lots to think about there.
I'm slowing catching up on the daily lives and thoughts of people I mised during our 7 weeks away. Thanks for your recent comment on the Deb Ball - we all had similar thoughts that evening - hoping things will be good for the young ones in years to come.
I do hope all is well with you and you are enjoying the change in seasons.......we had glorious weather during the few days we had in Calgary
Take care

Crystal Mary said...

Hello Bernie, The true art of appreciation. The more I read the more I nod my head...all so true and a blessing to read and be reminded.
Hope you are well my friend.
Love CML

ethelmaepotter! said...

I've received this email several times, but it's so good, I always read it thoroughly - never tire of it!

(By the way, yes, my job is safe...TODAY! It's a deplorable situation I find myself in...through no fault of my most huge companies, the postal service is downsizing, but they're not offering incentives to they're implementing new "policies" that will ensure some of us with lots of seniority will way or another. I'll be posting about it very soon.)

Have a wonderful autumn week!

Garnetrose said...

Excellent post, my friend.

Silver said...

Have a blessed week end!

I posted something today. Good to be back but not sure i can post as often as i would before due to work.

But it's good to be blog walking when i can again..


The Retired One said...

I am thankful for YOU, Bernie..for your giving, your sharing, your optimism, your caring of others, your loving spirit and for just being YOU.

chasity said...

What a blessed way of thinking.
This is really beautiful Bernie.
You are such an encouragement.

Many hugs~

Anonymous said...

Bernie, you're an inspiration.

Lisa said...

I love this post! I remember my father talking about his illness ((NONsmokers lung cancer)) as if he was removed and how everyone at the "Center" was so sick and "Some of them" really have it tough.

AND your list of Thanks giving. . .It's awesome!!!!

You have a beutiful blog. AlSO, I LOVE your candle. It's just beautiful! I have two buttons on my blog. My first award and an Lung Cancer Allance button that is the most important in my eyes. I tried to copy your candle but couldn't get it.

I pray you will Stay Healthy and Strong!


Amanda Shayne said...

I think this is a great poem to read every day as a reminder of what we have to be thankful for! Thanks for sharing!